A number of religious scholars (ulema) from Afghanistan and other countries on Tuesday announced their support for the eradication of polio in Afghanistan campaign.
Delegates attending a two-day conference stressed the need for a serious campaign to be conducted countrywide and called on government to establish a fatwa center in Kabul – in order to make fatwas on important and certain issues in the country.
"We have reached an agreement that running polio vaccination campaigns is not against Islam and that this campaign should be supported countrywide," said a member of the Afghanistan Ulema Council Samiullah Raihan.
"Also we agreed that families should thoroughly support the campaign and the international community must cooperate with the Afghan government in this regard," he added.
Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz welcomed the support by religious scholars and said: "This support by you is a good step towards implementing health programs in Afghanistan – particularly for increasing women and children's access to healthcare services and also for eradicating polio in the country." Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also attended the session where he called on religious scholars to raise public awareness about polio and other children's diseases during their sermons.
"I praise your two-day work in the session. Now that you return to your villages, it is your duty to help government in implementing the polio vaccination campaign and also to encourage the people to cooperate with the drive," Abdullah said.